Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a few of the most common questions people have about using our ozone service. Feel free to contact us any time if you would like more information.
Ozone, (O3), is a highly reactive gas composed of three oxygen atoms rather than the two atoms we normally breathe. It is produced onsite by our powerful industrial Ozone Gas Generators. Ozone is the second most powerful sterilant in the world and can be used to destroy bacteria, viruses and odours. Ozone is occurs naturally and readily in nature, most often as a result of lightning strikes that occur during thunderstorms. In fact the “fresh, clean, spring rain” smell that we notice after a storm most often results from nature’s creation of ozone.
While ozone is very powerful, it has a very short life-cycle. When contaminants such as odours, bacteria or viruses make contact with ozone, they are destroyed completely by oxidation. In so doing, that extra atom of oxygen is consumed and there is nothing left…no odour…no bacteria…no extra atom, only oxygen. Ozone reverts back to oxygen after it is used.
There are basically two methods of producing ozone…ultra-violet and corona discharge. Island Ozone uses the corona discharge method which is produced onsite by our powerful industrial Ozone Gas Generators. The corona discharge method creates ozone by applying high voltage to a metallic grid sandwiched between two dielectrics. The high voltage jumps through the dielectric to a grounded screen and in the process, creates ozone from oxygen present in the chamber.
In practice the half life is usually less than 30 minutes due to temperature, dust, and other contaminants in the air. Therefore, ozone, while very powerful, doesn’t last long. It does its job and then disappears back into safe oxygen.
Most importantly, make sure that you’ve arranged to have all people, pets, plants and any oil paintings out of the area being treated for the duration of the treatment. As much physical cleaning as possible is recommended. If the problem is cigarette odour, we recommend surfaces be cleaned with grease cutting cleaner. If the problem is pet urine, the physical mess must be cleaned up first. If the pet urine is on carpets, we recommend steam cleaning carpets. If all of this is done, Island Ozone is very confident that the odour will be 100% eliminated. If not, we’re happy to come back and treat it again soon after to ensure the odour is eliminated completely.
As long as the source of the odour and any remaining residue is removed an Ozone treatment will remove all odours including cigarette smoke. We recommend as much physical cleaning as possible prior to an Ozone Treatment, as well as cleaning surfaces with grease cutting cleaner.
No. If ozone is applied properly it destroys (oxidizes) the source of the molecule creating the odour.
Ozone attacks the odour directly at the source of the molecule and as long as the source isn’t re-introduced the odour will be permanently destroyed. However if the problem is cat urine on carpets, we suggest steam cleaning prior to setting up an Ozone Treatment. The residual mess has to be eliminated first.
Ozone shock treatment kills mould and removes mould odour. However, the ozone won’t remove the mould residue. An ozone shock treatment will allow the mould to be removed safely which should be done after an ozone treatment takes place. It is also important that all moisture problems be dealt with and corrected or the mould will simply grow back again regardless of how it is removed.
No! Ozone is a very toxic gas which is designed to kill any living organism it comes in contact with (namely bacteria, fungi, and viruses) When an ozone treatment is in progress all people, pets, and plants must be removed from the area.
For a Vehicle every 1-2 months. For a Home every 3-4 months. For an RV/Motorhome every 3 months. For a Boat once a year (ideally in the boating off-season)
Island Ozone uses an industrial level of Ozone gas produced by Ozone Generators which are custom-made by a BCIT-Trained Electrical Engineer. Island Ozone specializes in air quality control, odour removal and ozone sterilization and gives you peace of mind with our 100% chemical-free solution. We provide the most optimal level of Ozone gas specific to your needs in an efficient, timely manner and at an affordable price. Afterwards you are left with a bacteria-free, fresh-smelling environment.
You could, but the problem is that most Ozone Generators are expensive, require regular and difficult maintenance, could be dangerous if not operated properly (or by a professional) and they’re not nearly powerful enough to be fully effective. Island Ozone offers an industrial level of Ozone handled safely and professionally, and takes the worry, hassle and stress off of you.
Associating Ozone with smog and pollution is a common misconception. Ozone is NOT a greenhouse gas. But there are differences between Ozone as a Sterilant Vs. Ozone as a Pollutant. Ozone as a sterilant works tremendously well to kill odours, bacteria, viruses, and to provide top notch air quality in interior spaces (but must be aired out before entry). But ground level ozone (or “Tropospheric Ozone”) is a pollutant and it occurs when emissions from industrial facilities, vehicle exhaust, and VOC’s combine with the sun and heat to create ozone that is present at ground level where it can negatively impact human health and photosynthesis. Ozone is a very important part of protecting us, plants and all forms of life on Earth from the sun’s harmful UV Rays. What Island Ozone does is mimic this process in order to sterilize and deodorize interior spaces.
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